Things To Do

It's hard to see all there is to do in just one trip

From sightseeing to exploring to relaxing, there's something here for everyone including water sports, shopping, historical land marks, nightlife, and more. Wrightsville is jammed packed with exciting things to do and places to see and do.  
If there's something else you're looking for, check out the Insider's Guide to North Carolina's Southern Coast and Wilmington, a trusted source for travel and relocation information for more than 25 years. This guide is updated frequently by local authors. Also be sure to check out Wrightsville Beaches own website Visit Wrightsville, jammed packed with exciting things to do and places to see around Wrightsville Beach. 
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Water Sports

Wrightsville Beach motivates travelers to take advantage of our active island lifestyle. Whether you're a first-time surfer looking for a chance to get on the water or a seasoned rider you'll always find something that's right for you. Our many waterways, from surf to sound, inspire a sense of movement and adventure everywhere you look.


When you need a break from the sun, you'll find everything from open-air, pedestrian-friendly shopping villages and local surf shops to chic beach boutiques. Known for its quantity and variety of both upscale and budget-friendly shopping options in and around town, Wrightsville Beach is the place to visit if you live to shop. Some Shops to check out include: Blue Moon Gift Shops – Over 100 artisans, retailers and entrepreneurs – Located on Racine just off Eastwood Road REDIX – Located on Wrightsville Beach offering beach gifts, marine/fishing/beach supplies and so much more Cotton Exchange – A complex of 8 historical buildings offering local artisans and shops, restaurants and the Wilmington Walk of Fame – located downtown Wilmington

Historical Museum

The Myers Cottage, circa 1909, is home to the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History. The historic cottage was moved over a mile from its former location on Lumina Avenue to the Wrightsville Beach Historic Square in 2010. The museum is designed to reflect how life was lived in a typical summer cottage at Wrightsville Beach. Step into a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen outfitted with typical furnishings from the 1940s; see a twelve foot model of 1910 Wrightsville Beach


Wrightsville Beach is known for its welcoming social community and vibrant nightlife scene all year long. As the sun sets, the energy of the of the day’s actions maintains the momentum into the night with options ranging from craft beer at the local tavern to beach bars and seasonal live music on an oceanfront pier or at a waterfront restaurant. No matter what your after-dark style, you are sure to enjoy a variety of entertainment in this walkable beach town near or by the water and under the stars.
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Upcoming Events

Special Events and Holidays

Azalea Festival

2nd weekend in April

UNC-W Graduation

2 weekend in May

Seaside Classic

3rd weekend in May